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Nov 4, 2012 10:00am PST
the election on tuesday, on wednesday either barack obama or mitt romney will have to start worrying about the same urgent challenge, how to stop the united states from falling over the fiscal cliff. this is, of course, the second cliff hanger that the united states has faced in two years, the first being the debt ceiling debacle. how did the world's greatest democracy start functioning so badly? maybe the next president can try to fix this broader problem. but first the fiscal cliff. unless congress acts, the spending cuts and tack increases that would be triggered automatically next january would take 5.1% out of the country's gdp in one year according to the congressional budget office. that would be one of the most severe experiments with austerity in history, larger than anything greece, spain, italy, or the united kingdom has tried. in fact, it's almost three times the size of britain's austerity program. and the results of those european programs have thus far been a dramatic slowdown in economic growth and a sharp spike in unemployment. once again, the rest of the world watches to
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 1:00am PDT
, it topped president obama's to-do list. >> so let there be no doubt, health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait and it will not wait another year. >> many in his inner circle felt he needed to tackle other issue first. like creating jobs and growing the economy. >> you're going to dedicate a minimum year of your presidency. and has real implications on what else can't get done in that year. even when you do that, the chances of success is like 1 out of 1 million. >> he was advised and he knew going in that the politics of it weren't going to be very good. >> the status quo is not working for you. >> but the president believed he could succeed where others before him had failed. >> thank you very much, everybody. god bless you. >> with health care, i think it had to do with the fact, he doesn't want to be just another president, he wants to be a great president. >> the president launched his fight to reform health care and largely outsourced it to congress. members were left to hammer out details on their own. >> i just want to make sure i don't get in the way of all of you moving aggre
CNN
Nov 6, 2012 1:00am PST
all across the map, the candidates are still campaigning. this is tonight's obama rally. the final event of the final campaign of his political career. he's closing things out in a place where on a presidential level it all began with the iowa caucuses. we'll bring you his comments live. there's a mitt romney event as well tonight in manchester, new hampshire, governor romney, kid rock, we'll bring you those events. mr. romney is not done yet. he has two appearances schedule for tomorrow. one in ohio, one in pennsylvania. in fact, the campaigns have been everywhere that matters lately, every state that could swing tomorrow, president in i had high, wisconsin, the governor in florida, virginia, earlier in new hampshire. in the end it is down to the candidate and often to the candidate's last vocal chord. >> fired up. ready to go. fired up, ready to go. >> you know, if anyone wants to know where the energy is, anyone following american politics wants to know where the energy is, look right here in this room. >> each candidate trying to get even one more person to vote tomorrow. milli
CNN
Nov 18, 2012 1:00pm PST
.m. eastern time. president obama is monitoring the conflict in the middle east as he travels through asia. tonight he met with thailand's keep and saudi arabia. today the president did address the fighting between israel and hamas, saying he has talked to leaders in the region. >> my message to all of them was that israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory. if that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in gaza, that's preferable. >> thailand is just the first stop of the president's three-nation tower of asia. tomorrow he goes to myanmar which is something that no president of the united states has every done in history. >>> what did david petraeus say at the close of the benghazi hearing and why are republicans calling the former cia director's testimony part of a cover-up? we'll have all the details. >>> and believe it or not, mitt romney had quite a landslides in some rural counties. i know. i'm will, and this is the nokia lumia 920 from at&t. it's got live tiles so all my stuff's always right there in real-time. it
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 12:00pm PST
>>> welcome back to the cnn newsroom. i'm prfredricka whitfield. president obama and mitt romney are making a final push. obama has florida, colorado and ohio on his schedule. this morning mitt romney was in des moines and just spoke in cleveland, ohio to supporters. later today he will be rallying in pennsylvania and virginia. we'll have all the action from the campaign trail. we have a team of reporters in the battleground states covering all the angles. meanwhile, team obama is making its final push for votes today. this hour he is expected in the battleground state of florida where he is expected to speak shortly in hollywood, florida. brianna keelel is already there. brianna, what is the message the president is expected to deliver there? >> reporter: this, fredricka, is going to be his closing message. he is going to be telling voters you may not agree with everything that i've done, you may be impatient with the pace of change, but stick with me, my economic policies are working and we're heading in the right direction. as mitt romney has tried to frame himself as the cand
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 3:00am PST
promise, from a candidate who had. yet won a single primary. a year later it topped president obama's to do list. >> so let there be no doubt. health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year. >> many in his inner circle felt he needed to tackle other issues first like creating jobs and growing the economy. >> you're going to dedicate a minimum of a year in your presidency, and it has real policy implications on what else can't get done in that year. and even when you do that, the chances of success given 88 years is like one out of a million. >> he was advised and he knew going in that the politics of it weren't going to be very good. >> the status quo is not working for you. >> but the president believed he could succeed where others before him had failed. >> thank you very much, everybody. god bless you. >> with health care, i think it had to do with the fact that he doesn't just want to be another president. he wanted to be great president. >>> the president launched his fight to reform health care, then largely outsourced it to congress. membe
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 2:00pm PST
obama has not met with the republican leaders in the house or the senate since july. >> boo! >> we have a debt crisis coming, we have budget problems, we have economic problems. that's not leadership. we need a leader. now the reason mitt romney and i keep talking about our five-point plan is because we believe we owed you our fellow citizens an actual plan. we owe you solutions, we owe you ideas. real reforms can be had to get a real recovery. we had real recovery in this state in this country let's use that recovery and put people back to work. let's get the keystone pipeline, let's get more gas, more coal and renewables. i tell you what, we know what layoffs are, we have family and friends that we know of who are in their 40s or their 50s or their 60s, prime working years, they're out of a job or they're out of a good job. we need to clear the bureaucracy so they can get the skills they need. and if there are kids who are stuck in inner city schools, whether it's milwaukee or minneapolis. let their parents take them to a school that actually performs so they can get out of poverty an
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 11:00pm PST
to call. >> george w. bush re-elected. >> barack obama, president elect of the united states. >> this is cnn. >> right now barack obama and mitt romney, they're trying to close the deal with voters in battleground states. >> stand by for the new presidential poll as we count down the last crucial hours until election day. >> tonight, the final fran advertise race for president before voters have their say. mitt romney and barack obama ending a long and close campaign. >> do you want more of the same or do you want change? >> fighting for every vote until the bitter end. >> we know what change looks like and what he is offering ain't it. >> this hour our last presidential poll before election day, the candidate's 11th hour game plan and the possibility of a stunning cliff hang zero this is the time to elect a leader. >> i would like to win this earlier than later. >> cnn's countdown to election day, the fight for the presidency, the battle for congress, and the issues dividing the nation. >> i still believe in you. if you still believe in me, i am asking for your vote. >> i ne
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
're getting ready for the introduction of barack obama. this is a college graduate, she was someone who suffer eed kidn failure and was able to stay on her parents policy after college. it's very popular for a plan that's not overall popular. you look at the polls here in florida, and they're very close, neck and neck. some polls actually have mitt romney ahead, but overall, it looks like a very tight race. so president obama concentrating some of his effort there, but a lot of it there in the midwestern states, particularly in ohio. >> so the president is not taking florida for granted, even though he won florida four years ago, depending on which poll you're looking at, there's a 3%, 4% margin of error between he and mitt romney. what is the last ditch effort that he can give to floridians now. what is it that he could say to those who they be thinking about going republican or who may be undecided there in florida? >> reporter: and that's really what he's addressing, fredericka, he's sort of saying to people in these closing hours and days, you may be frustrated with the pace of change, but
CNN
Nov 5, 2012 7:00pm PST
. the candidates are campaigning. take a look, this is tonight's obama rally, the final event of the final campaign of his political career. he's closing things out where it all began with the iowa caucuses. we're waiting for the president to speak at some point during the hour. we'll bring that to you live. mitt romney is not done yet. he has two appearances scheduled for tomorrow. one in ohio, one in pennsylvania. the campaigns have been everywhere that matters lately. every state that could swing tomorr tomorrow, ohio, pennsylvania, florida, new hampshire. running mates surrogates also dotting the map. in the end it's down to the candidate and the candidate's last vocal cord. >> fired up. ready to go. fired up, ready to go. >> you know, if anyone wants to know where the energy is, anyone following american politics wants to know where the energy is, look right here in this room. >> each candidate trying to get even one more person to vote tomorrow. early voting has been a blessing and a curse. limited hours made for long lines over the weekend. take a look at that. that could make post election
CNN
Nov 5, 2012 10:00pm PST
is an occasional unpaid political advicer for the romney campaign. paul begala senior adviser for president obama's senior pac. i want you to listen to a clip and get your response. >> a year from now, i think people are going to see we're starting to make some progress, there's going to be some pain out there. if i don't have this done in three years, there's going to be a one-term proposition. >> now, we knew from the beginning that our work would take more than one year or even one term, because let's face it, the middle class was getting hit long before the financial crisis. >> wow, he looks older. >> the best economist and business people didn't know how deep the hole was when he came in. >> are you quoting george bush or -- >> good one. >> or was it cheney? >> it's a texas thing. >> he came in, the hole was far deeper than he or anyone knew. i don't think anyone knew how deep the hole would be. short answer, every time i looked at the economy, obama couldn't win, every time i look at the republicans i think he can't lose. thank god the republicans have fielded the weakest candidate of my me
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 10:00pm PST
>>> tomorrow night, i'll talk to senator john mccain with his battle with president obama over benghazi. that's all for us. that's all for us. "ac 360" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> good evening. >>> we start every night like we always do "keeping them honest." we begin tonight looking for facts not offering opinions or trying to play favorites. not supporting democrats or republicans. you can find that on plenty of other cable channels. just finding the truth, finding the facts. tonight the focus on what played out in washington today. two foes back at it again. the battle over benghazi, the attack that killed four americans. senator mccain has maintained either white house negligence or a cover up. today sep tor mccain took it a step further saying that because of susan rice's narrative role following the attacks, he and senator mccain would block any effort to promote ms. rice to secretary of state, should hillary clinton leave that post. president obama took the opportunity to fire back directly at the senator. >> if senators mccain and graham and oth
CNN
Nov 10, 2012 3:00pm PST
call now. >>> happy birthday, marine corps. sem per fi. >>> president obama challenges republicans to compromise to prevent a looming economic crisis now just weeks away. he says voters have shown they won't tolerate dysfunction. republicans are picking up the pieces after mitt romney's loss, more worried than ever about reaching beyond their white political base. >>> and after passage of a historic ballot measure, how soon will they be able to smoke marijuana legally just for fun? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room". >>> president obama says his re-election proves that americans want action on the economy, not just politics as usual: just days after his victory, he's laying out a framework for compromise with the republicans to avoid $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax hikes in the next year. he says he's open to new ideas, but he warns the federal government can't cut its way to prosperity. >> if we're serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with reve
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 5:00am PST
's where president obama is making his first campaign stop in just a couple of hours before heading to florida, ohio, and colorado. joining him on the trail again today is former president bill clinton. our white house correspondent dan lothian is live in new hampshire this morning. dan, good morning. so tell me, what is the message from the president in these closing days of the campaign? >> reporter: right. the message that we will hear today is one that we've heard on the last few days, and that is that the president is asking for four more years to finish what he has started. he says that he is a trustworthy candidate who has delivered and will continue to deliver on his promises, and he is pushing back very hard on governor mitt romney who has been hitting the president saying that, yes, the president ran in 2008 on this notion of change, but the president's policies have failed. the president turning back on mitt romney saying that he, many of the, is the "talented salesman." a real back and forth on who is the real change agent here. president obama acknowledging that a lot o
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
obama crisscrossing the country from colorado to new hampshire over the next two days. that includes two separate trips to ohio. mitt romney has most of those states on his itinerary as well, but he's also adding pennsylvania to his list. last hour, we brought you live coverage of his stop in new hampshire. now, here is the national picture. and it couldn't be closer. our poll shows 47% each. president obama will soon be on his way to mentor ohio to campaign in the cleveland suburb, but before we take you there, listen to the president slam mitt romney over an ad his campaign is running in ohio. >> look, i understand governor romney has had a tough time here in ohio because he was against saving the auto industry. and it's hard to run away from a position when you're on videotape saying let detroit go bankrupt. but you've got to own what you say. this isn't a game. these are people's jobs at stake. these are people's lives. you don't scare hard working americans just to scare up some votes. that's not what being president's all about. >> the president was responding to this romney ad tha
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 6:00am PST
of an endless campaign with chicago mayor and former obama chief of staff rahm emanuel. and romney supporter ohio senator rob portman. 33 senate seats, 435 house seats and one president seat. an election extravaganza with former mississippi governor haley barbour and cnn's dana bash. i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." >>> they are ships passing in the night and the day. this day mitt romney will be in iowa, ohio, pennsylvania, and virginia, while the president heads to new hampshire, south of florida, back up north to ohio, out west to colorado. monday romney goes to florida, virginia, ohio, and new hampshire. obama counters with wisconsin, ohio, and a closing rally in iowa. the biggest surprise in that final 48 hours is romney's last minute bid in pennsylvania. polls in the state favor president obama, but not by as much as they once did. the romney campaign calls it expanding the electoral map. the obama campaign calls it a fairy tale. well, in the parallel universe phase of the campaign. joining me is chicago mayor and former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel. let me s
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 3:00pm PST
barack obama and his challenger mitt romney have no space in their schedules today, and why should they? i want you to look at the number on the bottom of your screen. it says, two days. two days is what's left before the election in america. the two candidates and their camps are all over america today. president obama a at functions from new hampshire to colorado, while mitt romney is keeping his attention focused on states further east. they're working late, too. one of the president's events is at 10:30 tonight in aurora, colorado. that is mitt romney and his wife ann at an energetic gop rally this afternoon. that's in cleveland, ohio. he told supporters a slogan used by the president four years ago better applies to him this time around. >> if you believe we can do better, if you believe america should be on a better course or if you're tired of being tired, then i ask you to vote for real change. paul ryan and i will bring real change to america from day one. when i'm elected, the economy and american jobs will still be stagnant, but i won't waste any time complaining about my pre
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 10:00am PDT
obama with a three point lead. now that is inside the statistical margin of error. so that's about as close as it can get. and nbc "wall street journal" poll gives the president a six point lead in ohio. a little better for obama. still very close. now obama may be the top prize for the candidates right now l are other important battleground states. we'll take through over the course of the next hour in a way that only cnn can. john avalon and i traveled more than 1800 miles on cnn's battleground bus tour as the race for the white house reaches its conclusion. no mat wrer i ter where i go, t economy is the most important issue in this election. i've been traveling with john avalon. he joins me now as does my good friend christine romans. she joins me from washington. jim acosta from did he back to you, iowa, where mitt romney just landed. brianna keeler is in milwaukee, wisconsin, traveling with president obama. let's start here in ohio. the state has a very complex economy. here's some of what we've been hearing from voters on this trip. >> just a lot of depressed areas. a lot of
CNN
Nov 5, 2012 2:00am PST
this morning. >> i'm john berman. the candidates cramming to day. mitt romney, president obama and their running mates making 18 stops in eight critical states. we're live in every key battleground state. >> and in the end, this is the only math that counts. i'm christine romans. looking to the race to the states. we'll take a look at the road that each candidate can take to get to that magic number. >> it's been one week since hurricane sandy forever changed the east coast and so many lives along it with. the recovery effort and how the storm is impacting polling stations. that's coming up. >> we've got a packed show for you this morning, four hours. among our guests, rob portman will be joining us, maryland congressman chris van hollen, pat tomby, arizona senator john mccain is with us. former treasury secretary larry summers is our guest. obama campaign deputy manager stephanie cutter, former white house press secretary bill burden all joining us this morning. and we're counting down the final hours of a marathon battle for the white house, just too close to call today. this
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 11:30am PST
's happened in this country over the last four years with an independent voice. you hoped that president obama would live up to his promise to bring people together, to solve big problems. but he hasn't. and i will. [ applause ] >> let me tell you why he fell so short of what he promised. because he cared more about a liberal agenda than he did about repairing the economy. did obamacare create new jobs? >> no! >> did his war on coal and oil and gas create new jobs? >> no! >> did his dodd/frank regulations make it easier for banks to make more loans? >> no. >> does raising taxes put people to work? >> no! >> does his avalanche of new regulations help small business? >> no! >> well, you got it right. almost every measure he took hurt the economy. and it hurt our fellow americans, 23 million americans are struggling to find a good job. one in six are poor in america today, and the middle class, even those that have a job, the middle class is being squeezed with lower take-home pay and higher costs for insurance and gasoline and for food and clothes. i spoke yesterday with a wife of a 60-year-old
CNN
Nov 8, 2012 9:00pm PST
like the end of february. president obama, you just got >>> good evening. looking live at the white house tonight. we've got breaking news on the president tonight. i'm going to show you one of the most extraordinary pieces of video i think i have ever seen of any political leader. it was shown yesterday at obama campaign headquarters in chicago just hours after barack obama's re-elected. it shows the leader of the free world as i have never seen him, you probably haven't seen him either. raw, exhausted and reduced to open tears by the efforts of his young campaign workers. and by the thought of what he himself has accomplished. it's one of those things you've got to watch in its entirety. here it is, arguably barack obama's finest ever speech. >> i try to picture myself when i was your age and i first moved to chicago at the age of 25, and i had this vague inkling about making a difference. i didn't really know how to do it. i didn't have a structure. and there wasn't a presidential campaign at the time that i could attach myself to. ronald reagan had just been re-elected and was i
CNN
Nov 5, 2012 4:00am PST
be? the scramble on the east coast ahead. >> this morning stephanie cutter from the obama campaign is going to be joining us, pennsylvania senator pat toomey is our guest, maryland congressman chris van hollen will be with us. arizona senator john mccain, the former white house press secretary bill burton and former treasury secretary larry summers all joining us this morning. and former mccain campaign adviser mark mckinney is with us. it's monday, november 5th, and a special edition of "starting point" live from the nation's capital begins right now. welcome, everybody. in 24 hours the campaign promises and those commercials finally stop and the american people will pick a president. this morning, a brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters have mitt romney and president obama in a dead heat, 49% apiece. both candidates are canvassing the critical swing states on this final full day on the campaign trail. the president will hold rallies in madison, wisconsin, columbus, ohio, des moines, iowa. governor romney is in florida and lynchburg and fairfax virginia, columbus ohio and in man
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Nov 8, 2012 6:00pm PST
yesterday at obama campaign headquarters in chicago just hours after barack obama's re-elected. it shows the leader of the free world as i have never seen him, you probably haven't seen him either. raw, exhausted and reduced to open tears by the efforts of his young campaign workers. and by the thought of what he himself has accomplished. it's one of those things you've got to watch in its entirety. here it is, arguably barack obama's finest ever speech. >> i try to picture myself when i was your age and i first moved to chicago at the age of 25, and i had this vague inkling about making a difference. i didn't really know how to do it. i didn't have a structure. and there wasn't a presidential campaign at the time that i could attach myself to. ronald reagan had just been re-elected and was incredibly popular and so i came to chicago knowing that somehow, i wanted to make sure that my life attached itself to helping kids get a great education or helping people living in poverty to get decent jobs and be able to work and have daybreak. to make sure that people didn't have to go to the eme
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
candidates with just three days left to go until election day. barack obama and mitt romney are making the most of every minute. both are crisscrossing the country and hitting the crucial battleground states one last time. the president's first stop today was a rally in ohio where he told a cheering crowd that his economic ideas are working. he's also stumping in wisconsin, iowa, and virginia. all today. and as we mentioned, wisconsin is one of those critical swing states the candidates are concentrating on. and campaign workers on both sides are out knocking on doors, trying to get people to the polls. white house correspondent brianna keilar joining us live from milwaukee, wisconsin. it will be a while before the president speaks there, but you got a crowd and lots of music, nonetheless. >> that's right. and this crowd is eagerly awaiting not only the president but katy perry who will be performing a small concert before president obama. here in wisconsin it's all about for the obama campaign getting people out to vote now on election day. early voting wrapped up in this state yester
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Nov 4, 2012 8:00am PST
make way too much of chris christie embracing president obama as they toured the devastation in new jersey? >>> plus social media was all over the hurricane but there were disasters made. i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> it takes a lot to upend the final week of a presidential campaign, but hurricane sandy was one powerful storms. news agencies were covering it. but then breakthrough through the beleaguered pundits. president obama went to new jersey to inspect the storm damage and chris christie, a mitt romney supporter, actually said nice things about him. >> reporter: is there any possibility that governor romney may go to new jersey to tour some of the damage with you? >> i have no idea nor am i the least bit concerned or interested. >> governor chris christie has a new best friend, president obama. i think on the margins, this probably hurts obama a little bit in that that it adds to the general feeling that things are amis in america. >> the president's nowhere to be found on benghazi but he'll be out there for the hur
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Nov 7, 2012 7:00pm PST
challenges on taxes, budget, global economy and a whole lot more? for president obama, what next? today markets took a nose dive because investors see what's coming and worried that washington cannot fix it. in the speeches last night and the statements today, everyone from mitt romney to the leaders in the building behind me, all have a way of saying they get it. they understand the challenges and will rise to meet them. listen. >> we want our children to live in america that isn't burdened by debt and isn't weakened by inequality and isn't threatened by the warming kwagity. >> at a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. >> if there is a mandate in yesterday's results, it's a mandate for us to find a way to work together on solutions to the challenges we all face as a nation. >> it's better to dance than to fight. better to work together everything doesn't have to be a fight. >> together, what is next on the fiscal cliff on how republicans will deal with the diverse electorate. tonight we are looking forward not looking back. we begin on the coming fis
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Nov 3, 2012 3:00pm PDT
gasoline costs twice what it did when president obama took office. and when i'm elected, we're going to change the course of energy entirely. i know just how much energy means to middle class families in this country. we can help hold down prices in the pump and grow new energy jobs and new manufacturing jobs with my policies. and by the way, if the president were to be re-elected, he's going to continue to promote government and demote businesses. you know -- you know, he put together his own jobs council. business leaders he brought from all over the country. and there are people he picked. you know, it's been nine months since he's been willing to meet with his own jobs council? i see free enterprise as a means for people to fulfill their dreams. yesterday i met with a woman in richmond, virginia. she's been running her family restaurant for years. it's a business in her family for 82 years. at its high point she employed 82 people. she just closed it down. she told me that the regulations, the taxes, the cost of obama care, the obama era economy put her out of business much and s
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Nov 10, 2012 4:30am PST
. >>> turning to the economy now. with just 52 days to reach a deal, president obama is set to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff. both the president and house speaker boehner said they are open to compromise, but tax hikes on the rich are a sticking point. >>> number three, the teen girl shot in the head by the taliban for trying to go to school in pakistan is now walking and reading and writing and smiling. this is new video of malali youssufzai. she received international support and thousands of get-well cards. today marks one month since the attack. >>> people who were made homeless by superstorm sandy are finding some relief courtesy of fema. fema has set up a temporary shelter camp in new jersey that looks like a massive tent city. it houses more than 200 people affected by the storm, as well as thousands of utility workers and first responders. thousands of them. but fema officials say sandy evacuees will be moved into better housing this week. >>> number five now, the ceo of the popular southern restaurant chain waffle house has been accus
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 9:00am PDT
a huge final push in the battleground states. today president obama campaigns in ohio, wisconsin, iowa and virginia. mitt romney stumping in new hampshire, iowa, and colorado. they're running mates are also going nonstop. vice president is in colorado and paul ryan is holding rallies in pennsylvania, virginia, florida, and ohio. so ohio indeed could be the biggest battleground of the election. the race there is very tight. a just released cnn/orc poll shows obama ahead by just three points, well within the margin of error. an nbc/"wall street journal" poll shows a wider gap with obama leading by six points. president obama is about to speak at a rally in mentor, ohio. he is at least in the building, we understand. and so is our white house correspond dan loathian. the president's schedule is packed today. he isn't just campaigning. he is also keeping a close watch on the storm which he says really is his first priority. >> reporter: that's correct. white house officials saying that president did get updates, briefings overnight. this morning he went to fema headquarters in washington t
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 4:00pm PST
after president obama wins a second term, the dow has its worst day in a year. the dow finished the day down nearly 313 points. for the first time in three months, it closed below 13,000 and when you look at the broader markets, all were down 2.5%, so is the election really to blame? "outfront" tonight, michael farr, author of restoring our american dream. good to see you. i know there were a lot of markets often go down on the day after an election and they're worry about the fiscal cliff and europe. -- >> you really can't tell. certainly we had a couple of point run-up prior to the election and then this morning without the distraction of all of a political punditry and bluster, we see marcus all of a sudden come back down. perhaps investors confronted the fiscal cliff and what's going on in greece. they need another $40 billion. china's slowing and we've got 2% gdp growth. fairly tepid. >> the credit rating agencies, the we couldn't make a deal last time around. fitch was one of them just hours after the president was re-elected. said if they don't avoid the fiscal cliff, we're going
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Nov 7, 2012 1:00pm PST
a marijuana cigarette legally? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now president obama's aboard air force one. he's heading east from chicago. he's already reaching out to congressional leaders trying to set the agenda for his second term in office. across the country today americans awoke to banner headlines from re-elected in the president's hometown "chicago tribune" to "obama wins in his adopted city" "the washington post." the "new york times" proclaimed it's obama's night while "los angeles times" told readers it's obama again. even though florida still hasn't officially been called for either candidate, the miami herald says it's obama. cnn white house correspondent brianna keilar's been keeping track of what the president's been doing since his victory speech early this morning. brianna, the president should be landing back in washington very soon taking marine one over to the white house. he's got a full agenda ready i assume. >> reporter: he does. and i will tell you, wolf, the white house is keeping it under wraps as far as what happens after he arrives at th
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Nov 5, 2012 5:00pm PST
of the election. parallel universes if you talk to the campaigns. the obama campaign says we will win most if not all of the battleground states. you don't get much of an argument from the republicans when you say the president will carry nevada. some republicans push back but let's give nevada to the president. hypothetical here, folks. that would put the president at 243 to 206. you need 270 to win. let's see if romney can find the magic to get to 270. the state of iowa, the president will end there. that's his final rally. the president with a lead there. it's small. the romney campaign says it's still in play but the president has consistently led by a small margin. you will see more and more of that across the midwest. you mentioned governor romney going to cleveland tomorrow. let's look at the latest polling in ohio. no republican ever won the white house without it. mathematically can he get there without it, yes. is it probable, no. here's the latest poll of polls. cnn putting together the average of seven public polls, 50-47. so a very competitive race but again, the president has
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Nov 5, 2012 6:00am PST
barack obama and mitt romney are tied at 49% among likely voters. today that has both men racing across key battleground states. here's a look at the rest of his day. as you can see in red, he then travels on to virginia, ohio and new hampshire. president obama in blue goes from wisconsin to all important ohio. and finally to iowa. we have cnn crews scattered across the country. these crucial last hours of campaigning. jim acosta is with the romney camp in sanford, florida. dan lothian is at the president's first stop in madison, wisconsin. gentlemen, we're going to ask you to read the tea leaves. two reasons for confidence at each camp and one reason for doubt. so, jim, i'd like you to go first. romney's feeling good about his campaign's ground game. romney's people are also pegging a lot of hope on voter enthusiasm. please, expound. >> reporter: hi, carol. that's right. i talked to a senior romney adviser earlier this morn ing. they say their message today is going to be focused on those last few undecideds. that's where that ground operation comes into play. they know they're going t
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Nov 9, 2012 1:00am PST
with late word that president obama will speak to the nation tomorrow, making a brief statement from the east room at 1:00 p.m. eastern on the economy. that issue of the economy directly touches on the dysfunction in washington that americans said they hate. they went to bed election night hoping to fix that. speed really matters here. in just seven weeks the bush tax cuts expire, automatic spending cuts agreed to by both parties kick in. we call it the fiscal cliff and even though it's more like the fiscal steep slope it could do some very bad things to the economy. concerns about rolling down it or falling off it or whatever you want to call it have made markets nervous and credit rating agencies and economists of all stripes are warning about the consequences of not hammering out a deal in time. politicians in both parties, they've been sending out mixed signals ever since the election. on the one hand they're talking about common ground. take a look. >> we want our children to live in america that isn't burdened by debt. that isn't threatened by a warming planet. >> the nation as
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Nov 5, 2012 1:00pm PST
president obama in ohio in a little while. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> it's election eve in america. 26 hours to go until the first polls close. as voters pick the next president of the united states. and the unparalleled coverage we've brought you all through the campaign certainly continues today. our cnn correspondents are trailing the candidates. they're diving into the issues. they're talking to voters in every critical battleground state as we count down these final hours to election day. let's begin our coverage this hour, covering mitt romney, the republican nominee is campaigning his way up the east coast today. his latest stop, virginia with 13 critically important electoral votes. president obama took them in 2008. president bush took them in 2004. cnn national political correspondent jim acosta is traveling with the romney campaign. he's joining us now from george mason university in virginia. what's going on? what's the latest, jim? >> reporter: wolf, mitt romney is wrapping up what will be his final campaign stop in the battleground state of v
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Nov 10, 2012 4:00am PST
of general david petraeus. president obama accepted his resignation as cia director yesterday. petraeus cited an extra marital affair as the reason for stepping down. joining me now is cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly. suzanne, good morning. i know you've had a busy couple of days here. so, how is the intelligence community processing this? have they made any sense of it yet? >> i think it will take days for that, randi, for a couple of reasons. just a shot here in washington. if you had polled the top minds in washington a week ago and asked them about david petraeus, they would be more likely to talk about future career ambitions than what was going on outside his marriage. that was such a stunner yesterday. not only did david petraeus step down as head of the cia, but admitted to doing so in a letter that he wrote to employees at the cia and i think, you know, processing sort of the shock of that is one part of this, but the other part that we're going to really focus on in the coming week is finding out more of those details, particularly the timing of this. if there was an fb
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Nov 9, 2012 4:00pm PST
relationship with president obama? >> i'm told that a coweuple of years ago when he was still commander in afghanistan, there was tension with members in the white house staff. when they were reviewing the options on whether to put in more troops, options to box the president in. i've been told in the last couple of years that relations are very good with the president. very trusting. i was told that general petraeus submitted this heter of resignation yesterday and that obama agonized over this for the last 24 hours. did not want to sign it. did not want to accept it. but that petraeus urged him. >> and fran, i know that won't come as a surprise to you, but what about the security concerns? if we're hearing this came to light as a result of an fbi inv investigation into possible compromise of general petraeus' computer, what might she have had access to? >> it was a counterintelligence investigation. what that tells you, either the concern he would have given her access inappropriately to either classified information or national security makinformatioi fipd that hard to believe. the f
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Nov 29, 2012 6:00am PST
it away. cnn "newsroom" starts now. good morning. >>> happening now in the newsroom, president obama meets up with one-time rival mitt romney for lunch at white house. could a solution to the fiscal cliff be on the menu? live report from washington straight ahead. >> plus this -- stunning video out of syria, rebels cheer after a military helicopter is shot down. what does it mean for the united states? >>> drones. we know the military uses them. well, get ready for drones possibly buzzing your house. >>> and forget steroids. adderall is the new p.e.d. and four nfl players are suspended. >>> cup of joe, only one question left. something you would buy? >> no, not at all. >> "newsroom" starts now. >> good morning to you. thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we begin in washington today where president obama will play host to mitt romney this afternoon andn what could be one of the most anticipated meals in the nation's capital since thanksgiving. white house correspondent dan lothian joins me now. so, i don't know. i would love to be a fly on the wall. wouldn't you? >> no
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Nov 8, 2012 7:00pm PST
a willingness to compromise. even speaker boehner, basically gave an interview which he said that obama care is the law of the land and walked back after tea party groups went ballistic about it. >> one thing i know from this election and certainly i think we should all have learned, is that people want bipartisanship, and they understand that compromise is absolutely invaluable ingredient to getting things done. we have an obligation to be problem solvers. now more than ever. given the tenuous nature of our times and this -- in the situation that we're in as a country. i describe it as not just any moment. we're at a tipping point. so it's crucial and i think the president should invite the leadership in both the house and senate to sit down to, begin to sketch out an agenda and a framework by which we'll address these issues in the lame duck session. >> have republicans figured out how to move forward? there are extremes in your party, just as there are extremes in the democratic party. but let's talk about the republican party. there are extremes in the republican party and it seems a lot
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Nov 8, 2012 1:00pm PST
. happening now, president obama gets down to business. he's signaling what his priorities are for term two. also, a dramatic courtroom confrontation of the former congresswoman gabrielle gifford stares down the man who tried to kill her. now that the voters have had their say, colorado's marijuana growers and would-be legal dealers face a showdown with the federal government. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> today we're getting our first inside hints about what's on the president's to-do list now that the election is over. the list includes huge issues like taxes, the deficit, headline making overseas trip and a possible shakeup of his cabinet. let's get right to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. she's been doing some reporting. jessica, what are you learning? >> reporter: hi, wolf. first the reports that the president is going to be delivering a major speech on the economy or on the fiscal cliff are simply not true. no big speech planned for the coming days. the second piece -- i'll add to that that the president's team believes that they have laid o
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Nov 3, 2012 3:00am PDT
obama and governor romney. what is their message for these final three days? >> victor, it's interesting, both of them have the same message. change. they're saying it in different ways. you're hearing a lot about change as they crisscross the campaign trail in the final days. both were talking about the message yesterday, last night in ohio. take a listen. >> the president says that, you know, it has to be this way. i say it has to change. he says, he's got excuses for us. i say, in fact, no, i have a plan for us. >> he says that we need to settle for where we are with this high unemployment and low wage growth. i say this, americans don't settle. >> now, governor romney is a very talented salesman. and in this campaign he tried as hard as he can to repackage these bad ideas and offer them up as change. he says something, now suddenly he's the candidate of change. but, we know what change looks like. and what he's trying to sell, that's not it. >> you're going to hear a lot more of that between now and tuesday, election day, of course. as both candidates reach out to that very small sli
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